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Ida E. Lewis Poster

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 Feb 2021

Biographical History

Ida E. Lewis (1934- ) is a Black American journalist, author, and teacher. Early in her career she wrote for both American and French newspapers and magazines, including Le Monde and Jeune Afrique. She became the second editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and the first female editor-in-chief of the NAACP's The Crisis, and founded the news magazine Encore which provided a Black perspective on international affairs. She has taught journalism at Columbia University, and has been for many years actively involved with Boston University's College of Communication, teaching as well as serving on its advisory board.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ida E. Lewis Poster consists of a poster advertising the Black writer and journalist’s first book, The Deep Ditch and the Narrow Pit, published in 1964 by Pavilion Press. The poster is illustrated with a line art drawing of Lewis at work, with a pen poised above an open notebook.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Lewis, Ida E., 1934-

Corporate Bodies

Pavilion Press.


African American authors.
African American journalists.
Periodical editors.
Women authors.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ida E. Lewis Poster,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2020

Table of Contents

Printed material